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Welcome to the Delhi Summit of the Indian Mediation Week 2019! The event is taking place at the Constitutional Club of India in Delhi. The theme of the summit is Promoting ADR and Technology in Government Disputes.

10:00 AM – The registration for the event has begun! The summit will be attended by various law school students, lawyers and ADR experts.

11:00 AM – The Summit is underway! Pranjal Sinha, the Chief-Coordinator of Indian Mediation Week and one of the Co-founders of SAMA, addresses the crowd and welcomes everyone to the event.

11:02 AM – The Summit kickstarts with a video which describes the origin of Indian Mediation Week.

11:07 AM – Pranjal describes the state of Indian judiciary and the huge number of pending cases.

11:13 AM – Akshetha Ashok, one of the co-founders of the SAMA, invites Bhaskar Bhartendu to the stage.

11:14 AM : Bhaskar describes the importance of conversation in our day to day lives. Bhaskar proceeds to describe the impact IMW has had through its history. Team IMW has conducted 5000+ drives in the last 3 years with the help of 4000+ volunteers across 65 cities.

11:17 AM : The ambassadors from the North Zone are lauded for their marvelous efforts through the course of the campaign.

11:18 AM : Pranjal invites on stage the 1st Keynote speaker of the Summit, Mr. Sunil Chauhan , the director of NALSA.

11:22 AM : Mr. Chauhan focuses on the lack of awareness regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms across the country. The director of NALSA also describes the various barriers which have created the huge backlog of cases in the country. He elucidates the benefits of ADR mechanisms. He explains the financial burden and policy which restrict the Government from settling its cases through ADR mechanisms. He suggests that there should be development of a culture which promotes ADR and identification of cases which can be settled through ADR mechanisms. He explains that the officials who visit the courts do not the authorization to settle cases which has proved to be the biggest obstacle in the past. The keynote address ends with him encouraging the young upcoming lawyers to promote ADR in the days to come.

11:35 AM : Pranjal thanks Mr. Sunil Chauhan for his insightful address.

11:43AM : Mr. Sunil Chauhan is facilitated by Kritika Bhatt and Nipun Katahar, two of the student ambassadors of Indian Mediation Week.

11:46 AM : Pranjal invites the second keynote speaker of the day Mr. Sanjeev Ahuja on stage. Mr. Sanjeev Ahuja is an ADR expert and the founding director of Ensemble Resolution Professionals.

11:48 AM : Mr. Ahuja explains the motto of the campaign ” Suljhao, Magar Pyaar se“. He explains that in a litigation case the resolution of the dispute takes place at the loss of one of the parties. He focuses on the loss of Pyaar or love and respect between the parties in a case being pursued through litigation. He explains the benefits of mediation and states that mediation is the future of dispute resolution. He also explains the need to identify cases which are fit for mediation. This would help in effective dispute resolution. He ends his address by congratulating SAMA for organizing yet another successful edition of Indian Mediation Week.

11:57 AM : Akshetha thanks Mr. Ahuja for his wonderful address. The floor has now been opened for questions.

12:13 PM : Mr. Ahuja is felicitated by Prashant Mishra, one of the top performing ambassadors of Indian Mediation Week.

12:15 PM: Anushka Thakur, one of the most hardworking ambassadors of Indian Mediation Week, is felicitated by the two keynote speakers. She has proved to be a true asset to the team.

12:16 PM : We move on and Pranjal invites Ayush Rastogi ,founder of AfPR, to the stage. He focused on students who are interested in international law can join AfPR and create literature in contemporary fields such as criminal law and arbitration.

12:23 PM : Ayush ended his speech by inviting the students to pitch in more ideas and make efforts in a collaborative manner.

12:24 PM : We move on to the next segment, the Case management workshop being conducted by SAMA. We look at the feasibility of Mediation as a profession. Pranjal and Akshetha tell us about the qualities of a good case manager which include communication skills, neutrality and confidentiality. A case manager works along with the mediator and helps in prompt scheduling. One also needs to give feedback about the performance of the mediators. One has a more administrative role and is not allowed to enter the merits of the case. The focus of a case manager has to be the resolution of the case.

12:50 PM : The case management workshop ends with an informative Q&A session. The various steps required in order to become a mediator were the focus of the questions.

1:00 PM : The Summit ends with the distribution of certificates to the people in attendance.

We thank you for joining us for the Delhi Summit of Indian Mediation Week! We will see you next time!

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West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata (NUJS) is organizing  Indian Mediation Week (IMW), a pan India mediation awareness campaign, in collaboration with ODRways which is in the list of top 12 ADR centers of India recognized by  Department of Justice, Government of India. The campaign is supported by Ministry of Law and Justice Government of India, and Hon’ble Justice Madan Lokur, Supreme Court Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee. Click here to find more about the last edition of IMW.

In the last one year, the Indian Mediation Week campaign has spread to 102 cities across India and directly sensitized more than 2,00,000 people about the benefits of mediation. IMW has launched the first of its kind online platform, Mediation Embassy, where you can track the level of mediation awareness in each city. In order to prevent commercial disputes from getting caught in complicated procedures of the court, IMW is organizing Business-Mediation Summit in all four metro cities of India:

1) Kolkata (10th December 2018), at National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. 10 AM- 2 PM,

2) Chennai (12th December 2018), at Madras Managment Association, 10 AM- 2 PM,

3) Mumbai (14th December 2018), at IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 10 AM- 2 PM

4) Delhi (15th December 2018), at PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 10 AM- 2 PM

The highlight of this event is going to be the  “Start Smart Awards” in collaboration with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog, Government of India. The aim is to recognize the top 3 startups each from 4 zones of India, North, South, West, and East. The award ceremonies of the zones will be held in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi respectively. The top 3 startups from each zone will be provided incubation support by AIM, NITI Aayog, Government of India. The aim is to sensitize the startup industry and the MSMEs with better dispute resolution practices and management tools. There will be two panel discussions in each summit: 1) How to make doing business easier?, 2) How to make solving disputes easier?.

The target audience for this event includes Startups and MSMEs and the guest list for the event will include CEOs, Industrialists, MNCs, Banks, Traders associations, lawyers, mediators, Law Firm Partners,  arbitrators, judges, ADR centers across India etc.

Call for Proposals to improve the state of access to justice in India- Get Certificates and Internships

Interested law students can submit their proposal to improve access to justice in India, it can range anywhere from 500-1000 words. Please note that there are no rules with respect to style, structure or format.

We just want to hear your thoughts! After a screening process, the top 3 proposals  for each Business Mediation Summit (Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai) will be decided by the Jury constituted by National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and they will be awarded a certificate of achievement and a one-month assured internship in 2019(corporate law firm, litigation etc) at the respective Business-Mediation Summit.

Kindly submit your proposals at  participation@indianmediationweek.com by 28th November 2018. The subject of the mail needs to be “Proposal- Business-Mediation Summit- Name of the city you want to take part in (Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi or Chennai)

Call for Delegates for the IMW Business-Mediation Summit!

(Deadline- 30th November 2018)

Interested Law students/Lawyers can attend any one of the Business-Mediation Summit  (Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi or Chennai) and find out how mediation is changing the way commercial disputes are being resolved in India.

Each delegate will get a certificate of participation from National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata and NITI Aayog, Government of India.

Interested law students and lawyers can fill registration form here.

If there are any queries, feel free to get in touch with Akshetha Ashok +91-9620606424, Pranjal Sinha +91-8337030883 or Rohit Sharma, +91-8697581888 or send a mail at info@indianmediationweek.com.

Check-out the website for more details.

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Indian Mediation Week and Lions Clubs International, District 322B2 presents “International Conclave on Conflict Resolution” on 19 August, 2018 at West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. The main aim of the workshop is to equip participants with the basics of theoretical and practical aspects of law and procedures with regard to resolution of a conflict, including sessions on Arbitration, Mediation, Legal Aid, etc. Eminent Jurists, Lawyers, Diplomats, Academicians and Social activist will be taking session of various sub-themes mentioned below.

Sub-Themes of the Workshop

Module I- International Disputes and Resolution

Module II – National Disputes and Resolution

Module III- Gender based Conflicts and Resolution

Module III- Conflicts with regard to Personal Laws

Module IV- Cyber Crime and Resolution

Module V- Conflicts due to press, media

Module VI-  Conflicts with regard to companies, corporations and resolutions.

Module VII- Alternative Dispute Resolution, including separate sessions on Arbitration, Mediation, Online Mediation, Legal Aid, Lok-Adalat, Para Legal Scheme.

Who can Participate?

Students, Lawyers, Academicians, Researchers, Social Activists and anyone else who is  interested can participate. We have limited number of seats and, hence applications will be selected on first come first serve basis.

Best Law Student Award

At this event we seek to recognize the heroes from within ourselves. We want to acknowledge the efforts of students who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of justice in India. For this, we have instituted the inaugural  Best Law Student Award. We request you to send in nominations for the same by 15th August, 2018.

Nominations for the awards should include: A letter of nomination setting out the reasons for the nomination & background information on the nominee’s outstanding service & achievements as they relate to the award. – A current curriculum vitae. Additionally, the performance of the student in the workships will be considered for giving the final award.

The awards will be given by the Keynote Speaker, Varun Gandhi, Member of Parliament for Lok Sabha.

You can submit the nomination to paper.iccr@gmail.com.

Call For Papers

Word limit– Articles ( 1500-2000 words)

We welcome submissions from students, academicians, researchers and legal practitioners, to come up with their contributions in the form of articles on any of the sub-themes of the conclave. Submit your full paper along with declaration that the paper is original and not published elsewhere. The  paper must reach us latest by the 12th August, 2018 on email id paper.iccr@gmail.com.

Top 10 papers will be published on the IMW Blog and awarded a certificate of achievement. After a screening process, the top finalists shall be provided with the opportunity to present the same before the esteemed audience for the conclave. They will also be provided with 21-days internship opportunities.

All students submitting the paper need to register for the conference. They will be provided a certificate of participation for the conclave as well.

Registration Process

Registration is open till 15th August,  2018. All interested participants are required to send their names and contact details to youthconclave@gmail.com, latest by 15th August, 2018. There is no registration fee.

Benefits

All participants will receive a certificate on completion of the workshop from “ Lions Clubs International, District 322B2

Date: 19th August 2018, 10 am to 4 pm.

Venue: West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

Contact :

Ms. Saheli Chakraborty – 9874390885

Mr. Dhrubojyoti Bose – 7059751956

Mr. Pranjal Sinha – 8337030883

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Background

More than 54 percent of the people in India haven’t heard of Mediation. Some confuse it with medi’t’ation or think it is the same as arbitration. West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS) in collaboration with ODRWays organized the first ever Indian Mediation Week (IMW), a pan-India mediation awareness event, from 11-17 September 2017.The event was supported by Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India and Supreme Court Mediation and Conciliation Project Committee (MCPC). To know more about what happened at IMW’17: click here.

This year we are proud to announce the second edition of Indian Mediation Week which is scheduled to be held on December 10th to 16th, 2018. The Indian Ministry of Law and Justice has been an entity that partnered with us in our first edition of Indian Mediation Week in 2017. Based on the progress and success of the event, we have been encouraged for the next edition (IMW’18) to be expanded to a larger scale. For this, we are looking for students who are passionate about mediation and improving access to justice in India. The primary responsibility of the student ambassadors is to organize mediation awareness activities in their respective cities. These mediation awareness activities can range from mediation awareness drives to mediation training programmes to creative activities such as flash-mob, street plays etc.

What is a mediation awareness drive?

In a mediation awareness drive, you directly engage with the public and tell him/her about the process of mediation. For example, students of NUJS, Kolkata in collaboration with the NUJS legal aid society have organized 37 mediation awareness drives till now. We have engaged with around 2853 people and have received around 272 disputes/legal issues. With the help of ODRways, we collaborated with mediators in Kolkata, who have agreed to provide pro-bono mediation service for the cases we get from these mediation awareness drives. Also, some people had legal issues such as getting a registered probate will from court, making affidavits, birth certificates or they need some legal guidance. In those situations, the NUJS legal aid society tried to help them. Find more about steps to conducting mediation awareness drive here.

Target-1000 Mediation Awareness Drives

Last year, IMW operated completely out of Kolkata and had student ambassadors from other cities helping in the coordination of bringing together other cities for the movement. The plan this year is for Team IMW’18 to make a personal physical presence in 4 cities during the week and of course, increase the number of student ambassadors to involve more cities. The plan is to hit 4 metropolitan cities, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai and hopefully expand to more if we manage to do so. The aim is also to bring other cities that were not previously on the map to join the movement. The target number of mediation drives to be held in India is now 1000. This entails an increase in the number of student ambassadors, resources, workload, events, partners, collaborations etc.

Better Rewards for Student Ambassadors: Get Felicitated in Delhi

Due to the increased requirements that need to be fulfilled by the student ambassadors, the Top 5 Student Ambassadors will be felicitated in the closing ceremony of Indian Mediation Week in Delhi on December 16th, 2018. The top 5 will also receive ADR internships from various partners of Indian Mediation Week. Exclusive to the Top 3 will be a cash prize of Rs.10,000 each for the outstanding contribution as a student ambassador for promoting mediation and for improving access to justice in India. Their travel and stay will be sponsored by team IMW. This will be a wonderful networking opportunity for students as lawyers, judges, law firm partners, members of the government, ADR practitioners from across the country will be present here.

Each student ambassador is supposed to conduct a minimum of 20 mediation awareness drives in their city from the period of 15th June-15th November 2018.

The launch of Mediation Embassy: A platform to track the progress of Student Ambassadors across the country http://indianmediationweek.com/mediation-embassy.php

Indian Mediation Week has designed an online platform for student ambassadors where one can live track the progress of mediation awareness in a city, and check the leader board position and progress of each student ambassador. To know more about the process and manner of conducting mediation drives, all the required information can be found here in our ‘FaQs’ and ‘Resources’ section of mediation embassy.

Application Procedure

Interested students can send their applications at info@indianmediationweek.com. It should contain the following:

a. Resume

b. Bio (less than 250 words)- Your bio should include your introduction and your tentative plan of action to promote mediation in your city (the areas you plan to conduct a mediation awareness drive in, other mediation-related activities). This will be used for your social media introduction here.

c. Photograph- For social media purposes.

Final deadline is 8th June, 2018.

If there are any further queries, feel free to get in touch with , Pranjal Sinha +91-8337030883; Akshetha Ashok +91-9620606424 or Rohit Sharma +91-9062565741 To know more about what happened at IMW’17: Click here.

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